Last Updated: December 29, 2016
Which fencing material is superior: vinyl or aluminum? Although we adore them both, today we will pit the two against each other in a head-to-head match. If you want to compare vinyl vs. aluminum fencing, you will need to learn about the pros and cons of each material so that you can figure out which best suits your needs. First, think about what you want. What do you need in a fence? Privacy? Beauty? Resilience? Longevity? Are you willing to spend your time and money maintaining your fence? Once you decide on your priorities, scroll down to reveal the results of our vinyl vs. aluminum fencing matchup.
Vinyl vs. Aluminum Fencing
If you want to block out your spying neighbors, the unattractive yard next-door, or a busy street, we recommend that you choose vinyl fencing. Structurally, vinyl fences can provide more privacy than aluminum. For example, you might be interested in a TRI-MAX Privacy Fence, available at MMC Fencing & Railing. It is available in five different heights, including a towering 96 inches, and its interlocking fasteners ensure sturdy construction and excellent privacy.
Manufacturers typically do not construct aluminum privacy fences, so if you’re concerned with privacy and determined to use aluminum, consider adding landscaping features (like trees or hedges) to enhance your yard’s privacy.
Vinyl may best aluminum when it comes to privacy, but aluminum is undeniably stronger than vinyl. With its moderate weight and resilience, aluminum can stand strong for decades to come. Although commercial and industrial designs of aluminum fences offer more strength than residential versions, they are also less stylish. Whichever style you choose, install the fence (or hire someone to install it) properly for best results. You might want to explore the CourtYard Aluminum Fence Systems, which offer beauty and durability in addition to strength.
All this said, we must assure you that vinyl is no slouch. It won’t topple over if you lean against it or sway with the breeze on a windy day. Look for vinyl fencing with aluminum-reinforced frames for strength. For example, you may want to check out MMC Fencing & Railing’s PolyVinyl Fence Systems, Designer Fencing, and PolyRail Green Series.
Unfortunately, we can’t always declare a clear winner in this vinyl vs. aluminum fencing battle. In this round, the competitors are tied. Pricing depends on a variety of factors, including the manufacturer, the size of the fence, and the style. Generally, however, vinyl and aluminum fencing are quite comparable in price. Although aluminum tends to be more affordable than vinyl, the difference is not dramatic.
So you don’t want to spend your weekends staining, repainting, treating, or otherwise maintaining your new fence? We don’t blame you! And luckily, both aluminum and vinyl fences require next-to-no maintenance. You may wish to hose your vinyl or aluminum fence off occasionally to wash off dirt and debris. However, don’t expect any vigorous maintenance or costly preservation products. On this score, both vinyl and aluminum fences make great options.
The installation of your fence will affect its durability, your stress level, and your pocketbook. Both vinyl and aluminum fences are easy to install. If you choose to install the fence yourself, you shouldn’t have too much trouble. If you choose to hire a professional, you shouldn’t have to shell out the big bucks for the installation. Many of the pieces in a vinyl fence simply snap together, so you can install it in a snap. Since it can often be installed in less than a day, vinyl wins this round of the competition. Aluminum fencing will take a little longer to install.
Which is the fairest of them all, vinyl or aluminum fencing? Well, that depends on your beauty ideals. What sort of look do you prefer? Do you want your fence to be a certain color? Do you want a classic, traditional fence or a modern, sleek fence? For example, if you want the substantial look of a wrought iron fence without the weight and expense, go for aluminum. If you’ve always dreamt of traditional, timeless wood fencing, but you dread the extensive maintenance requirements, vinyl may satisfy your needs.
When it comes to color, you should know that vinyl is typically available in a very limited range of colors. White and tan are common options. Aluminum fences, on the other hand, come in a variety of standard colors: black, bronze, beige, white, brown, silver, etc. Some colors come in speckled, glossy, or textured versions. In addition, many manufacturers will allow you to request a custom powder coating color for an extra fee, making the color possibilities endless.
Vinyl vs. aluminum fencing: which is best? We’ll let you be the judge! Although similar in many ways, including their lack of maintenance, impressive beauty, and moderate cost, vinyl and aluminum differ in distinctive ways as well. If you want a privacy fence or a fence that resembles wood, choose vinyl. If you want a durable fence that’s more modern and sleek, consider aluminum. Take your time, browse the various designs available, and consult a fencing expert for some professional advice. With a bit of research, you can find a fence that suits your home and budget.
No matter which material you choose, look to MMC Fencing & Railing for all of your fencing needs.
If you’re interested in adding an aluminum fence to your yard, check out our Courtyard Aluminum Fence Systems. All of the rails and pickets are welded for strength, the fencing is lightweight and easy to install, and it comes with a lifetime limited warranty (30-year limited warranty for government, municipalities, and corporations). You’ll find basic residential styles, premium styles, and industrial fencing.
Or if you’d prefer vinyl, take a look at our PolyVinyl or PolyRail fencing systems. Both of these options are affordable, beautiful, and virtually maintenance-free. There are privacy fences to block out your nosy neighbors, semi-privacy fences for a less drastic barrier, picket fences for an all-American look, and ornamental fences to add a bit of style to your yard. Plus, all of our vinyl fencing systems come with a transferable lifetime limited warranty for your peace of mind.
Give MMC Fencing & Railing a call at 1-866-931-5002 to learn more or visit our online store to browse through your options.